Sunday, October 30, 2011

NASCAR: Tony Stewart fights back, holds off Jimmie Johnson to win a wild Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville.

(Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Damn, this one especially from where I was sitting here at home was a wild one for sure. When NASCAR dropped the green flag, all of the drivers that were actually running the entire race must have said, “I’m going to give it everything and nobody is going to get in my way no matter what” as the word “wreckfest” was used several times during the race. Can you say 18 cautions.

Notebook:
1. Tony Stewart had a good car earlier on, but fell back outside the top 20. However when it came to 100 laps to go, there was Tony Stewart making his way up through the field, picking them off one by one. And after a late race restart caused by Brian Vickers yet again, Smoke passed a hard charging Jimmie Johnson to win the race.

2. Brian Vickers was one name that was in the headlines all race long and not in a good way. It seems Brian Vickers had a very busy day with him driving way too far over his head and was either getting into other drivers or other drivers including Matt Kenseth were getting into him and wrecking him. In the closing laps, Vickers had a hand or brought out several cautions. NASCAR should be talking to Vickers, but oh wait, NASCAR doesn’t do that anymore.

3. Carl Edwards may have dodged a bullet during this race in finishing 9th (pure luck there), but this way of driving isn’t going to win championships and last week at Talladega of riding around in the back neither isn’t going to win you a championship. Tony Stewart has Carl Edwards number.

4. Speaking of the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, once again, there has been a big shack up in the points and while Carl Edwards still leads, its Tony Stewart that has closed the gap with this victory to just 8 points back with 3 races to go (Texas, Phoenix and Homestead), this ones not over yet.

1. Carl Edwards Leader
2. Tony Stewart -8
3. Kevin Harvick -21
4. Brad Keselowski -27
5. Matt Kenseth -36
—- 5 driver race for championship —-
6. Jimmie Johnson -43
7. Kyle Busch -57
8. Kurt Busch -58
9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. -73
10. Jeff Gordon -76
11. Denny Hamlin -80
12. Ryan Newman -89

I added Matt Kenseth to the drivers still in this one because Kenseth is a favorite to win at the next race at Texas.

5. NASCAR, this is what “Boy’s Have at it” is and if this is what you want every race to be about, then you can have it. Personally, its time for you as the officials and governing body to step up, man up and take control of your out of control drivers period.

Next is “No Limits” Texas Motor Speedway, oh brother another 1.5 miler, damn, we need more 1 mile tracks and under starting with Iowa Speedway NASCAR.